Northwest Nuclear Plant Gets ‘White Finding’ From Federal Investigation

Tuesday the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission scolded the Northwest’s only nuclear power plant. The NRC said the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington improperly packaged, mis-labeled and shipped too-hot radioactive waste. The NRC gave the errant shipment its white finding. In federal-government-speak that’s something that is a low-to-moderate safety problem. …

UK Nuclear Decommissioning Debacle Costs Government Nearly £100m

The government has been forced to pay nearly £100m in a settlement with two US companies for mishandling the way it awarded a £6.1bn nuclear decommissioning deal. Ministers have ordered an inquiry headed by the former boss of National Grid to find out why the procurement process was so flawed. …

IAEA Concludes Safety Review at Doel Nuclear Power Plant in Belgium

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of nuclear safety experts today completed an assessment of long-term operational safety at the Doel Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Unit 1 and 2 in Belgium. The Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation (SALTO) review mission was requested by the Belgian Ministry of Security …

EDF Faces £1m a Day Bill to Keep French Nuclear Reactor Offline

The prolonged closure of a major French atomic reactor after an explosion this month probably costs EDF at least £1m a day, according to experts. The nuclear plant operator, which will spend £18bn building the UK’s first new nuclear power station in a generation, shut unit 1 at its Flamanville …